Before the Hearing
Confirm that you will attend by contacting the Conduct and Appeals Unit - details of how to do this will be in the letter.
Check the time and location of the hearing– make sure you know where you have to go.
Notify the Conduct and Appeals Unit immediately if you do not wish an audio recording to be made, so that a note taker can be arranged instead.
Notify the Conduct and Appeals Unit immediately of any Special Needs that should be accommodated within the conduct of the hearing, so that arrangements can be made.
Prepare yourself by seeking advice from the Students’ Union Advisers. If you wish to have an attendee from the Students’ Union with you, this must be arranged in advance by bringing your letter into the Advice Centre or otherwise, sending in an online query via www.wolvesunion.org/advice/enquiry This service will depend on availabilty.
Thoroughly review your own copy of the work in advance of the hearing and identify any areas that you think may have given rise to the suspicion of academic misconduct. Eg - are there any un-referenced passages or any substantial paraphrasing (plagiarism)? Could this work be similar/identical to that of another student? (collusion)
Once you consider the circumstances at the time you did the work; it is very likely that you will have some insight into what may have gone wrong.
An Academic Misconduct Hearing is a formal meeting. You should be aware that the University of Wolverhampton is committed to upholding academic standards and takes academic misconduct very seriously. Please arrive on time, or ahead of time if you have arranged to meet a representative beforehand.
You will be introduced to the Panel members. At a Stage One hearing the panel will consist of two or 3 staff, including a senior academic representative from the School to which the module belongs and the Deputy Head of the Conduct and Appeals Unit.
You will be informed that an audio recording of the hearing may be made for the purpose of accurate record keeping. If an audio recording is not being made there will also be a note taker present. Only members of the panel will address you directly during the hearing. You will be asked to confirm your identity and advised to speak clearly for the recording/note taker. If you have bought somebody with you for support, you will also be asked to confirm their identity for the record.
It will be explained to you that the University applies the “civil” burden of proof which requires upon examination of the evidence, a demonstration that it is more likely than not that academic misconduct has occurred.
The Panel will then discuss with you, your understanding of plagiarism /collusion /cheating (depending the nature of the suspected academic misconduct to be addressed).
The Panel may ask you a range of questions, to establish an understanding of the circumstances surrounding the suspected academic misconduct.
You will be shown the evidence under consideration and the Panel will discuss this with you.
If it becomes obvious to you why the academic misconduct has occurred, we would recommend that you admit this early on in the proceedings so that the Panel can focus on advising you of the consequences and on how you can avoid it in the future.
Can others speak on my behalf?
Your friend/family member/Students’ Union officer is there to provide you with support and should not normally address the Panel directly. However, they may consult with you and you can ask for “time out” (either inside or outside of the meeting room) to discuss any relevant matters. For example they may wish to remind you of something you had forgotten to say.
What happens next?
You may be informed of the possible outcome of the hearing during the meeting. However, the Panel are required to consider and evaluate both the evidence and your comments fully before coming to a decision and this may require further deliberations outside of the hearing.
The Conduct and Appeals Unit will formally advise you of the outcome by letter and by email to your University email account; this will normally be sent within 7 working days of the hearing.
The letter will confirm whether or not the Panel found the case proven and if so it will clearly state the penalty to be imposed and may also contain further advice where appropriate.
The penalty applied will be in line with the University's policy on Academic Misconduct Penalties found on pages 9-11 in the Regulations and Procedure for Academic Misconduct.
You may find it helpful to discuss the outcomes of the hearing with the Students’ Union after the event.
Depending on the nature of the penalty you may also need to seek academic advice from the School or Student Registry with regard to your programme of study.
The Conduct and Appeals Unit maintain a record of all academic misconduct. Penalties for academic misconduct are progressive and repeated offences can lead to exclusion from the University.